College and Career Ready! Motivate and Empower Struggling Readers in High School

  • DateApr 11, 2018 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
  • CostView at no charge (donor-supported webinar)
  • Event TypeOnline event
  • PresenterElizabeth Houser, Reading Specialist and Katherine Young Speech Language Pathologist Grayslake High School District

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In high school, struggling adolescent readers sometimes spend three or four times as long as their peers finishing their reading assignments. They often describe feelings of being overwhelmed and defeated, and educators often hear the dreaded, “I hate reading.”

Motivating students who have struggled to read throughout most of their academic career may sound impossible, but with the right tools and a collection of strategies, educators can empower high school students to manage their workload and feel ready to succeed in college and their future careers.

In this edWebinar, high school co-teachers Elizabeth Hauser and Katherine Young will demonstrate how to channel motivation to increase literacy skills in struggling adolescent students. They will discuss:

  • Strategies and reading activities to bring back the joy of reading
  • Various technologies and self-directed tools to support students in the classroom
  • Student and parent perspectives and emotions surrounding dyslexia and other reading disabilities
  • Tips to help students become skilled self-advocates
  • Improved social, emotional and academic outcomes in high school students when given effective supports

Join Elizabeth and Katherine to discuss the impact that motivation has on struggling adolescent students and gather ideas to transform these students into lifelong readers. There will be time to get your questions answered after the session. Grade 6-12 general and SPED teachers, reading specialists, speech language pathologists, librarians, guidance counselors, principals, SPED directors, directors of assistive technology, and directors of curriculum are invited to attend this live, interactive event. Walk away with strategies you can implement in your school tomorrow to empower students to graduate on time prepared and hopeful about their futures!

About the Presenters

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Elizabeth Hauser is a reading specialist currently working at Grayslake High School District 127 in Illinois. She attended Illinois State University for her bachelor’s degree in special education, learning and behavior specialist. She attended Benedictine University for her master’s degree in reading. She also recently received her Wilson Level 1 Certification as a certified dyslexia practitioner. Elizabeth is a passionate advocate for her students, constantly seeking more and more resources to help them learn successfully. Elizabeth is a recipient of Learning Ally’s Winslow Coyne Reitnouer Excellence in Teaching Award.

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Katherine Young Katherine Young is a certified speech/language pathologist currently working at Grayslake High School District 127 in Illinois. She attended the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for both her undergraduate and master’s degrees. She is currently completing a Transition Specialist Certificate program to better prepare students’ speech/language development for post-secondary endeavors. Katherine actively seeks to implement technology and multisensory resources to facilitate instruction in a variety of settings and programs. Katherine is a recipient of Learning Ally’s Winslow Coyne Reitnouer Excellence in Teaching Award.